US rock legend John Mellencamp has announced ten North American tour dates spanning June 20 to August 1. Given the large gaps in tour dates and Mellencamp’s own declaration that he has eyes on revisiting some venues he hasn’t played in some time, it’s reasonable to assume that these ten dates are only the beginning of his concert plans for this year. Based on what we do know, however, the man once called Cougar will be starting his tour in the heartland at Winstar Casino in Oklahoma June 20-21. He’ll hit the northeast for a few shows, including Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena, and then hit the frontier with shows in Wyoming and North Dakota before crossing the border for three casino concerts in Ontario. The man’s music has nostalgia baked into every note, so adding more folksy concerts like the one scheduled at the North Dakota State Fair or venues a little less polished than all of these Casino stops leave plenty of options for his – and your – summer concert plans.
Mellencamp, who’s quickly approaching his 40th year in the business, has indicated that most of the old venues are more likely on the slate for 2015 after the release of his new record. As a celebration of his anniversary, Mellencamp is planning to play more than 100 shows during the year and give a full retrospective of a legacy spanning “Hurts So Good” and “Jack & Diane” to his cover of Van Morrison’s “Wild Night” and shows with Bob Dylan. As a founding member of Farm Aid, Mellencamp’s devotion to and support of the people and traditions he’s captured in song is one of the more distinguished parts of a memorable, Hall of Fame career that’s still in the making. While he may have eyes on making a new kind of mark next year, his track record shows that these ten shows – and any others in the works – will reward fans with a night of rock and true blue Americana that’s signature Mellencamp.